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Escobar Family Is Suing Netflix For $1 Billion Over ‘Narcos’ Trademark Dispute
By Izza Sofia, 25 Sep 2017
Netflix is currently in a heated trademark dispute with one of its biggest original shows, Narcos.
Roberto De Jesus Escobar Gaviria, brother of the infamous Colombian drug kingpin whose rise and fall are dramatized by the Netflix series, suggested that Netflix is not cut out to film in certain parts of Colombia and Mexico, saying it would be worth its time to hire “hitmen…as security.”
Escobar’s 71-year-old brother also threatened to “close their little show” if Netflix failed to provide a $1-billion payment to his company, Escobar Inc., for intellectual property violations.
Lawyers for Narcos Productions, LLC (NPL), the company behind the Netflix series contend that without NPL’s “knowledge or consent, on 20 Aug 2016, Escobar filed use-based applications to register the marks NARCOS and CARTEL WARS with the [U.S. Patent and Trademark Office] covering a range of goods and services.”
The letter goes on to call these claims “fraudulent,” saying “Escobar claims that it has used NARCOS in connection with things like “operating a website” and ‘game services provided online from a computer network” since 31 Jan 1986. However, the internet had not been developed for widespread consumer use in 1986, nor was the capability to provide audiovisual works nor game services available at that time.”
[via Vice, opening image via YouTube]
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